Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, July 2, 2020


Rotary District 5960's PUSH for $400K was a success!  As of Tuesday morning, over $406,000 in donations to the Paul Harris Foundation had been received. Thanks to all of you who participated. You are making a difference!
Here is the link to tickets for the 4-Way Taste Virtual Summer Fest:
Learn more about the event in Last Week's Meeting below.
This Week's Meeting
This week's program is Let's Have the Talk, with new club president Vicki Dilley presiding.
Rhonda Powell and Barbara Wornson (6.28), George Davis and Scott Richardson (7.1), James Loe (7.4), Dana Norvold (7.5).
Brett Reese (6.30.1995), Ben Martig (6.30.2016), Richard Schulte (7.1.2016).

ZOOM in Thursday, July 1, 2020
Members: Watch for a separate email message with login information for this week's Zoom meeting.



Jessica Olson, former outbound YES to Ecuador (V. Dilley)


Rick Estenson is looking forward to our July 16 speaker, Tom Thorfinnson, chief strategist for RI, on the Future of Rotary.

Vicki Dilley announced that our club won first place in the District's Youth Services category for our work with Youth Exchange, The Key, Literacy, RYLA and Ethics Leadership. 

Beth Kallestad tells us that the second EV station has been installed and signage is on order.


Charlie Cogan put in a plug for our July 9 speaker, Dick Huston. Dick ia a member of the Faribault RC and went on his own to Pakistan. He has a presentation from the front lines.

Bruce Morlan had an editorial on Better Agenels published in the Northfield News.

David Brown has a fourth grandchild.


President Barry announced Paul Harris +1 pins for Janine Atchinson and Richard Schulte.



Brent Nystrom and Anika Rychner (from afar) on the 4-Way Taste Festival.

The 4-Way Taste Festival has a new format this year, virtually! After last year's successful, inaugural event at the Red Barn, the COVID-19 situation disrupted plans for this summer. The committee reviewed a lot of different ideas, and decided that the safety of our guest and minimizing risk was of utmost concern. 

The group settled on a number of small gatherings of no more than 10 people to be held on Friday, July 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Interested host can purchase a "Party Box" for $200 and invite friends and neighbors to partake of the party box beverages while watching a virtual concert on Facebook Live featuring our own Todd Thompson and Friends.

The custom designed box (built by Cannon Valley Makers) will contain two growlers of beer from Imminent Brewing, 2 bottles of wine from Cannon River Winery, cider from Keepsake Cidery and a cocktail kit from Loon Liquors. Participants will be able to pick up the box at the Muni between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

Tickets are available at TicketSpice:


Last week's meeting and presentation can be viewed here:

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July 9 — Richard Huston, Polio Eradication in Pakistan (Cogan)

July 16 — Rick Olson, Ugandan School Project/Roteract

July 23 — Todd Jenkins, Rotary Diversity and 2020 (V. Dilley)

Vicki Dilley, President


Vicki's vision

What to call this little piece on our weekly Cogwheel hasbeen a topic of discussion and I have really resisted calling it Vicki’s Vision.  Mostly because I feel like 2020 has given me the least ability to see very far ahead. How many times have I wished for a crystal ball to see what even the next month would bring?  Needless to say, I am giving in and calling it Vicki’s Vision, first because we are drawn to alliterations, second because I take it on as a bit of challenge, to see what we can see and adjust accordingly when we seem to be a bit off course, we must remain flexible. With COVID-19, meeting on zoom, sending our Rotary Youth Exchange students back home prematurely, online learning, social distancing, major social issues that are long overdue sitting right in front of us and Rotary being a people of action…we will move through this together and hopefully come through the fog to a better place and deeper understanding of our calling. We have to be committed to doing it together and with arms wide open to embrace it all. 

This year’s Rotary International theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”. I want our club to be made up of people opening and walking through those doors, making sure the doors are accessible to everyone, and ensuring the opportunities are real and sustainable.    

Having had the privilege to lead the infamous Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange program for over 11 years, I am honored to now represent this amazing club as your President. We have much to learn from others in our District, but we also have much to share.   Our club belongs to something much bigger than itself…. we are one of 60+ clubs in the District which is one of 535 Districts, all a part of Rotary International. We could not do all that we do without belonging to this huge organization. They also need us. I invite you, as an individual member, to learn and explore more of what our club does, but also what our District does and Rotary International. Over the course of the year there will be invitations for you to participate, don’t hold back, jump on in.

I will continue to explore ways that we can feel connected to one another…it is so much harder when we only see each other on a screen. Fellowship is different when we are not eating lunch together at a table, but we are in a zoom break out room.  Sadly, only a little over 30% of our membership is attending the zoom meetings. I know this is harder when you are a parent with children at home or home is now work, but I would like us to be reaching out to individual members who we have not seen on the call, let them know they are missed and we would love to have them join us. Ask them if there is anything we can adjust to make this easier for them. If there is something I can do, please let me know.  Maintaining our membership is important, while we still invite others to come and join us. The Board is waiving the full dues for new members during this time of no lunches together.  

The 4 Way Taste is our upcoming fundraiser, we hope that you can attend one of the outside-patio-in the garage-or backyard parties…we will be sure and practice social distancing while we have this opportunity to be together, invite our friends and neighbors and raise some funds for our ongoing projects. Our budget for this coming year did go through some trimming, but if you look at what we are still committed to, you would agree that we are people of action. We need everyone on board helping and or attending the events that makes this happen.  

Rotary Climate Action and Social Justice issues are at the forefront of our concerns and will be exploring more together as a group going forward.  There will have invitations to participate and make course corrections in our own lives.  I would hope you would welcome these opportunities too.  

So, in conclusion, I come alongside of you and you alongside of me to indeed make this world a better place. Thank you again for this opportunity.  


Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.